Amplidata Expands Leadership Team to Support Growth

Sam Sirisena joins as SVP, Business Development and Operations; Mark Ward becomes new SVP of Sales and Marketing

Milpitas, CA – June 12, 2014 –Amplidata, a leader in object-based software defined storage, today announced that it has added two senior executives to itsleadership team, preparing the company to achieve growth targets and serve an expanded customer base. Sam Sirisena brings 25 years of experience in the technology industry to his new role as senior vice president, business development and operations. Mark Ward joins as senior vice president of sales and marketing after decades of holding leadership positions in the storage technology market.

“Sam and Mark are strong additions to our already talented team,” said Mike Wall, CEO and chairman of Amplidata. “Their skills and experience further enhance our ability to execute on our growth objectives with strategies and programs that compliment our industry leading technology.”

Amplidata recently closed a venture funding round of $11M to support and accelerate the momentum for its patented and proven storage solution.

Sam Sirisena brings a strategic focus and vision gained during 25 successful years in the technology industry. During his 15 years at Promise Technology, Inc., he served as the executive vice president of business development, senior vice president of sales & marketing and general manager of the advanced storage group, focused on the enterprise storage segment. He also served on the board of directors from 1998-2002 and helped the company get listed on the Taiwan stock exchange. He holds a Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University and followed a Mathematics/Physics program at the University of Colombo.

“The market has already identified Amplidata as the company to watch in cloud-scale storage architecture,” said Sirisena. “The growth in data sets and new, demanding applications point to a dramatically increasing need for our massively-scalable, secure and manageable technology.”

Mark Ward built his successful career in the storage industry on the foundation of more than 14 years with EMC, where he was one of the first 100 employees and oversaw the company’s expansion into Europe and Asia, eventually becoming vice president of global marketing for EMC’s software business and professional services. From EMC, he helped found Enterprise Storage Ventures, which funded and developed successful companies including Storage Networks, AppIQ, Archivas, Akara Networks and WysDM. Since then, Mark has held senior leadership positions with Storage Technology Corporation and Copan Systems.

“Amplidata has the technology, team and vision to address a market hungry for storage systems with high levels of manageability, scalability, and security,” said Ward. “As the limitations of legacy storage technology become painfully obvious, enterprises and service providers need a new architecture built to address today’s and future workloads.”

About Amplidata
Founded in 2008, Amplidata offers software for object-based software defined storage for enterprises, service providers and OEMs. Patented BitSpread®, BitDynamics®, and GeoSpread technologies offers unbreakable durability at greater than 15 nines, up to zettabyte scalability and operating efficiency at a significantly lower cost than traditional systems. Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital*, Quantum*, Swisscom Ventures*, Endeavour Vision*, and Hummingbird Ventures*. The company’s US headquarters is in Milpitas, California with European headquarters in Lochristi, Belgium. Sales and support are worldwide. To learn more, visit www.amplidata.com.

AmpliStor, BitSpread and BitDynamics are registered trademarks of Amplidata. * Other names and brands are the property of their respective owners.

 

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Amplidata and Avere Systems Redefine The Economics Of Massively Scalable High Performance NAS Storage

Targeting Cloud-enabled Data Centers with Big Data Demands

Milpitas, CA and Pittsburgh – April 29, 2014 – Amplidata, a leader in object-based software defined storage, and Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for cloud-enabled data centers, today announced a partnership to deliver a high performance, massively scalable and efficient storage solution for cloud-enabled data centers. The combined solution offers organizations cloud-scale economics with the security, performance and flexibility of their data center. The solution is ideally suited for many industries including: life sciences, oil and gas, media and entertainment, R&D and service providers.

Changing workloads and the ever-increasing volume and value of data continue to challenge even the most efficient IT organizations. Traditional RAID-based architectures are no longer viable for today’s big data scale due to increased risk of data loss when using multi-terabyte hard drives. To address these challenges, many organizations are embracing cloud-scale storage solutions that provide high levels of durability, scalability and efficiency at a lower
price point.

With this partnership, Amplidata and Avere Systems have redefined high performance massively scalable storage by combining Amplidata’s Amplistor® with Avere FlashCloudTM on FXT Series Edge filers. Organizations can now have a cost effective solution that offers the best of both worlds – superior performance with massively scalable and durable storage in a single global namespace.

Avere demonstrated scalable NFS performance on Amplidata’s object storage technology, using SPECsfs2008, the storage industry’s most popular NAS benchmark. A three-node FXT 3800 cluster achieved 180,229 ops/sec throughput and minimal latency of 0.95ms overall response time (ORT) with an Amplistor system. The secure AmpliStor system could be deployed across three geographically dispersed sites.

Find Avere’s latest SPECsfs2008 NFS testing results on the SPEC website at: www.spec.org/sfs2008/results/sfs2008nfs.html

AmpliStor ingests data at line speed and delivers 3GB/s of sustained aggregate throughput from a base configuration with three controllers. Performance scales linearly with additional controllers, as each controller can saturate a 10GbE connection to deliver an extra 1GB/s throughput. The full performance report is at www.amplidata.com/download/amplistor-performance-validation-report/

The combined solution significantly improves the total cost of ownership as performance and capacity can be easily scaled independently. AmpliStor’s patented BitSpread® and BitDynamics® software runs on Intel*-based commercial-off-the-shelf hardware and can scale to store exabytes. AmpliStor protects data with fifteen 9s durability. With GeoSpread, data is dynamically spread across multiple sites using 65 percent1* less capacity than RAID 6 with replication and keeps data safe and accessible even if an entire site becomes unavailable.

Increasing capacity is as simple as adding a single storage node. Changing the configuration or durability levels after the system has been deployed requires only an online update to the policy. The system dynamically rebalances data across all nodes and sites without having to touch the data.

“We are thrilled to partner with Avere to offer customers a cost effective cloud-scale storage solution that combines high performance file access with massive scalability,” said Mike Wall, chairman and CEO of Amplidata. “This solution is ideally suited for customers with big data demands who are looking to keep more data online in order to extract value and use it as a competitive advantage.”

“Avere has been at the forefront of enabling enterprises with large NAS deployments to leverage object storage without having to rewrite existing applications or compromise on performance,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere Systems. “The combined solution with Amplidata provides a new, dynamic architecture that combines the best of both worlds by allowing customers to scale NAS performance with dense storage capacity and achieve new economies of scale in storage infrastructure.”

About Amplidata
Founded in 2008, Amplidata offers the AmpliStor object-based software defined storage system for enterprise, private cloud, and large public cloud implementations. Patented BitSpread®, BitDynamics®,and GeoSpread technologies offers unbreakable durability at greater than fifteen 9s, exabyte scalability and extreme efficiency at half the cost of traditional systems. The Amplidata team consists of storage experts and was named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012. Privately funded, investors include Intel Capital*, Quantum*, Swisscom Ventures*, Endeavour Vision*, and Hummingbird Ventures*. US headquarters is in Milpitas, California with European headquarters in Lochristi, Belgium. Sales and support are worldwide. To learn more visit www.amplidata.com

 About Avere Systems
Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere’s solutions gives companies – for the first time – the ability to put an end to the rising cost and complexity of data storage by giving customers the freedom to store files anywhere in the cloud or on-premises without sacrificing the performance, availability or security of their data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is run by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and Tenaya Capital. For more information, visit www.averesystems.com

AmpliStor, BitSpread and BitDynamics are registered trademarks of Amplidata.
*Other names and brands are the property of their respective owners.
1 Calculation based on a typical RAID 6 with replication configuration.

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Amplidata Secures $11M to Drive Next Phase of Growth

Extends Cloud-Scale Storage Economics, Unleashing the Value of Big Data

Milpitas, CA and Lochristi, Belgium  – March 24, 2014  Amplidata, a leader in object-based software defined storage, today announced that it has closed a venture funding round of $11M to support and accelerate the momentum for its patented and proven AmpliStor® solution that enables customers to efficiently manage, secure, and unleash the value in the massive amounts of data they generate. This round brings the total invested capital to $33M. Intel Capital* led the round with participation from all existing investors, including Endeavor Vision*, Hummingbird Ventures*, Quantum*, and Swisscom Ventures*.

Amplidata will use the funding to drive the next phase of growth by expanding its sales and marketing initiatives and investments in its research and development team to further advance true cloud-scale storage economics.

The company has seen an exceptional response to AmpliStor as the number of customers has grown significantly across enterprises and private and public clouds deploying application services for cloud storage. Customers include world leaders in telecommunications, cloud services, life sciences, media and entertainment, security and surveillance and R&D.

There is robust demand for storage solutions that offer true cloud-scale economics that allow customers to unlock the value of their massive volume of data”, said Mike Wall, chairman and CEO, Amplidata. “Traditional RAID-based systems are no longer viable in today’s petabyte and beyond scale. Customers have recognized AmpliStor’s ability to be dynamically scaled and reconfigured across multiple sites while providing leadership performance, data durability and operating efficiency.”

Commenting on the investment, Ian Cooper, investment director at Intel Capital, said “With no end in sight to the massive growth of data and the ever increasing value of that data, organizations need a cost effective way to manage and scale their storage solutions. Amplidata is well positioned to take advantage of the growing demand for object-based storage running on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware.”

“From the world’s largest content owners to smaller businesses seeking competitive advantage, our customers rely on Quantum to help them maximize the value of their digital assets,” said Jon Gacek, president and CEO of Quantum. “One way we do so is with our Lattus Object Storage* offerings, which incorporate best-of-breed Amplidata technology and can be integrated with our other scale-out storage, archive and data protection solutions to provide unmatched user benefits.”

About Amplidata
Founded in 2008, Amplidata offers the AmpliStor object-based software defined storage system for enterprise, private cloud, and hyper scale public cloud implementations. Patented BitSpread®, BitDynamics®,and GeoSpread technologies offers unbreakable durability at greater than 15 nines, infinite scalability and extreme efficiency at half the cost of traditional systems. The Amplidata team consists of storage experts behind the success of DataCenter Technologies*, Dedigate*, and Q-layer*. Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital*, Quantum*, Swisscom Ventures*, Endeavour Vision*, and Hummingbird Ventures*. US headquarters is in Milpitas, California with European headquarters in Lochristi, Belgium. Sales and support is worldwide.  To learn more visit www.amplidata.com or follow @amplidata.

About Intel Capital
Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment and M&A organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, consumer Internet, digital media and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$11 billion in over 1,339 companies in 55 countries. In that timeframe, 206 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 344 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2013, Intel Capital invested US$333 million in 146 investments with approximately 49 percent of funds invested outside North America. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit http://www.intelcapital.com or follow @Intelcapital.

About Quantum
Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection, providing solutions for sharing, preserving and accessing digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. From small businesses to major enterprises, more than 100,000 customers have trusted Quantum to address their most demanding data workflow challenges. With Quantum, customers can Be Certain™ they have the end-to-end storage foundation to maximize the value of their data by making it accessible whenever and wherever needed, retaining it indefinitely and reducing total cost and complexity. See how at www.quantum.com/customerstories

AmpliStor, BitSpread and BitDynamics are registered trademarks of Amplidata.
* Other names and brands are the property of their respective owners.

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Sakura Internet Cloud Datacenter Deploys Amplidata Object Store for Cloud Archiving, Backup, and Content Delivery Services

AmpliStor® enables significant reduction in disk capacity for the same volume of data than traditional storage methods, with corresponding savings in infrastructure, floor space, power, and cooling costs.

MILPITAS, CA and LOCHRISTI, BELGIUM — January 22, 2014 — Amplidata, an innovator in object-based software-defined storage, announced that Sakura Internet* has deployed an initial 1.3 petabyte object store using AmpliStor® storage software based on a reference architecture from Intel, Amplidata, and Quanta QCT*.

As the adoption of cloud computing soars in Japan, Osaka-based Internet service provider Sakura Internet is delivering a growing range of cloud services aimed primarily at small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs) and software developers. Sakura’s customers increasingly require cloud storage services that support archiving, and content delivery for large amounts of unstructured data.

The company found that storage based on AmpliStor software offered much greater storage efficiency and cost savings compared to traditional data-protection schemes such as RAID and triple replication.  In testing, the scale-out storage system transferred data up to 3x faster than a competing cloud service.1 The highly dense object store requires 43 percent less disk capacity for the same volume of data than traditional data-storage methods, with corresponding savings in infrastructure, floor space, and power and cooling costs.2

AmpliStor is optimized for the newest Intel* Xeon* processors that power the Quanta* STRATOS* ultra-dense storage server, and high performance computing server to deliver an extremely efficient storage infrastructure.

“Sakura Internet has built a highly efficient cloud computing data center, the first of its kind in Japan and one of the most energy efficient in the world”, said Katsuyuki Ikeda, Sakura Internet’s Director of New Business Development.  “The object store based on AmpliStor software offers high levels of efficiency and performance while enabling Sakura to quickly expand capacity while adding critical disaster recovery protection across multiple data center locations”.

“AmpliStor was designed from the ground up for cloud-scale storage implementations like Sakura Internet,” said Wim De Wispelaere, chief technology officer, Amplidata.” AmpliStor’s BitSpread® erasure coding builds more intelligence into the storage system, taking advantage of the performance and rich instructions provided by Intel processors to achieve benefits of reduced capacity, extreme throughput and scalability.

To learn more about how Intel, Amplidata and Quanta QCT enables Sakura Internet to meet the soaring demand for cloud-based archiving, backup and content delivery services, download the case study.

About Amplidata

Founded in 2008, Amplidata offers the AmpliStor object-based software defined storage system for enterprise, private cloud, and hyperscale public cloud implementations.  Its patented BitSpread®, BitDynamics®,and GeoSpread technologies offers unbreakable durability at greater than 15 nines, infinite scalability and extreme efficiency at half the cost of traditional systems. The Amplidata team consists of storage experts behind the success of DataCenter Technologies*, Dedigate*, and Q-layer*. Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital*, Quantum*, Swisscom Ventures*, Endeavour Vision*, and Hummingbird Ventures*. Europe headquarters is in Lochristi, Belgium, with US headquarters in Milpitas, CA. Sales and support worldwide.  www.amplidata.com

About Sakura Internet

Sakura Internet Inc. engages in the provision of Internet services. The company offers server rental services, including domain acquisition and mail server services, as well as provides hosting, server platform, and data center services. It also provides server installation and management services; offers consulting on the Internet; and provides business information services using the Internet, as well as engages in the manufacture and sale of multi-media planning. In addition, the company engages in the planning, development, and sale of computer software; the production and sale, and maintenance of computers and its peripherals; telecommunications business; and the rental and management of real estate. Sakura Internet Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Osaka, Japan. http://ishikari.sakura.ad.jp/index_eng.html

AmpliStor is a registered trademark of Amplidata.

* Other names and brands are the property of their respective owners.

1 Sakura Internet internal testing.

2 Sakura Internet and Amplidata cost data.

 

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Amplidata Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape for Object-Based Scale-Out Storage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Amplidata Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape for
Object-Based Scale-Out Storage

IDC MarketScape Assesses Vendor’s Abilities, Recognizes Amplidata’s Technology and Market Reach

Milpitas, CA and Lochristi, Belgium – November 13, 2013 – Amplidata, an innovator in object-based software-defined storage, announced that the company has been named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2013 Vendor Assessment, doc #244081, October 2013.

IDC assessed the most notable object-based storage (OBS) vendors and ranked them on their ability to deliver leadership scale-out storage solutions today and in the future. Object-based storage solutions are ideally suited for organizations with large amounts of unstructured data that are trying to balance scale, complexity, and cost. At its core, object-based storage is designed to deliver unprecedented scale and reduced complexity and cost compared to traditional storage systems.

The dramatic shift in the how data is generated, consumed, and stored today requires new levels of scale and efficiency that traditional file and block RAID-based systems can’t achieve. According to IDC1, object-based storage adoption is occurring at a much faster pace than traditional file and/or block systems

A “true” object-based software defined storage platform is fully abstracted from the underlying hardware to enable the highest levels of data durability, scalability and efficiency. IDC notes the AmpliStor® solution has an intelligent multithreaded grid architecture that can scale capacity and performance independently, easily transition from single-site to multi-site without touching the data, change data protection levels on-the-fly without moving the data, and the ease of system integration and management for enterprise, private cloud, and hyperscale public cloud implementations. Amplidata offers a flexible delivery model to meet customer needs that includes appliance and software only options, both running on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware.

Analyst Quote

“Amplidata’s placement in the Leaders category reflects their technology and overall reach into this market – direct and via OEM agreements,” said Ashish Nadkarni, IDC Research Director, Storage Systems. “Their strategic partnership with Quantum and others bring an even greater set of options for customers.”

Executive Quote

“We are honored that IDC recognized Amplidata as a Leader based on our technology and overall capabilities including our market reach,” said Mike Wall, Chairman and CEO of Amplidata. “The IDC MarketScape is a trusted industry report that provides valuable guidance to customers.”

Additional Resources

About Amplidata

Founded in 2008, Amplidata offers the AmpliStor® object-based software defined storage system for enterprise, private cloud, and hyperscale public cloud implementations.  Its patented BitSpread®, BitDynamics®,and GeoSpread® technologies offers unbreakable durability at greater than 15 nines, infinite scalability and extreme efficiency at half the cost of traditional systems. The Amplidata team consists of storage experts behind the success of DataCenter Technologies, Dedigate, and Q-layer. Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital, Quantum, Swisscom Ventures, Endeavour Vision, and Hummingbird Ventures. Europe headquarters is in Lochristi, Belgium, with US headquarters in Milpitas, CA. Sales and support worldwide.  www.amplidata.com.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a transparent foundation to allow companies to independently compare the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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(1)  IDC Worldwide File- and Object-Based Storage 2013-2017 Forecast, doc#242287

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Amplidata Chosen To Archive Music Legends Performances Live And In High Definition At Montreux Jazz Festival 2013

 Amplidata and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Working Together to Significantly Accelerate Festival Archive Access
With Less Effort and Cost

 Milpitas, CA and Lochristi, Belgium — July 18, 2013 — Amplidata, an innovator in software defined storage solutions for unstructured big data and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) partner of the Claude Nobs Foundation (Montreux Jazz Festival legacy) announced today that EPFL has doubled their AmpliStor® archive capacity to two Petabytes, and have dramatically improved their archive process by storing daily recordings of live performances using a prototype real-time acquisition system to capture uncompressed high definition (HD) video streams at a rate of 3TB per hour.

Organizations are looking for faster and more efficient ways to make their digital content available online to unlock significant value. Amplidata and EPFL are working together on the Montreux Jazz Digital Project with the Claude Nobs Foundation, curator of the archive to digitize, store, and provide access to more than 5000 hours of concerts recorded since the Festival’s inception back in 1967. Having gone through the successful but time consuming digitization of their tape library, EPFL wanted to dramatically accelerate the time-to-archive by eliminating the use of tape to store the performances before uploading to their AmpliStor archive. This innovation allows offering the latest content sooner and more cost effectively than before, an essential aspect for the upcoming Montreux Jazz café @EPFL.

“Data and content is the new oil,” said Mike Wall, CEO & Executive Chairman, Amplidata, “It has to be online and available for organizations to use it to grow revenue and improve operational efficiency. This project with EPFL is a great example of what can be accomplished with next generation storage solutions like AmpliStor.”

EPFL doubled their capacity to two Petabytes and placed the new one Petabyte system onsite during the festival to capture the live performances in real-time. The new one Petabyte AmpliStor storage system consists of 3 controllers and 30 AS36 storage nodes, and is connected to three Maldivica CIFS gateways via 10Ge, with three capture workstations receiving two uncompressed HD digital camera streams each. Total bandwidth required is 778 Megabytes per second. Data durability is significantly better than traditional RAID-based systems at fifteen 9s which means no copies or backups are needed keeping the onsite system compact for future transport back to the main EPFL archive location.

“We achieved the goal of making the Festival’s archives accessible significantly sooner with less effort and cost,” said Alexandre Delidais, director of operations and development for EPFL’s role in the project. “This partnership was very successful in that we now have a highly durable, scalable, and efficient platform that will serve us well for years to come.

 About Amplidata

Founded in 2008, Amplidata offers the AmpliStor® software defined storage system for enterprise, private cloud, and hyperscale public cloud implementations.  Its patented BitSpread®, BitDynamics®,and GeoSpread® technologies offers unbreakable durability at greater than fifteen 9s, infinite scalability and extreme efficiency at half the cost of traditional systems. The Amplidata team consists of storage experts behind the success of DataCenter Technologies, Dedigate, and Q-layer. Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital, Quantum, Swisscom Ventures, Endeavour Vision, and Hummingbird Ventures. Europe headquarters is in Lochristi, Belgium, with US headquarters in Milpitas, CA. Sales and support worldwide.  www.amplidata.com.

About EPFL

EPFL is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. Like its sister institution in Zurich, ETHZ, it has three core missions: training, research, and technology transfer. Associated with several specialized research institutes, the two Ecoles Polytechniques (Institutes of Technology) form the EPF domain, which is directly dependent on the Federal Department of Home Affairs. With over 350 laboratories and research groups on campus, EPFL is one of Europe’s most innovative and productive scientific institutions. The school’s unique structure fosters trans-disciplinary research and promotes partnerships with other institutions. It continuously combines fundamental research and engineering. More information on the Montreux Jazz Digital Project at metamedia.epfl.ch

About Montreux Jazz Festival and Claude Nobs Foundation

Founded by Claude Nobs in 1967, over the years the Montreux Jazz Festival has become an unmissable event for music fans in Switzerland and around the world. Its stages have been graced by all of music’s greats, from Miles Davis to Ray Charles and from David Bowie to Prince. Whereas Jazz constitutes the Festival’s historic core, other styles of music were quickly integrated into the Festival, bound together by a common thread of mutual curiosity and enthusiasm. The Montreux Jazz Festival offers musicians an ideal platform and an intimate setting for its two-week duration.

From the earliest years, “Funky Claude”, as he was nicknamed by Deep Purple, started recording all the concerts. Claude Nobs left us a documentary heritage of international significance for current and future generation. “It’s the most important testimonial to the history of music, covering jazz, blues and rock,” is how Quincy Jones describes the Montreux Jazz Festival collection.

As of June 2013, it is the first audiovisual library to be included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The live recordings from 1967 to 2012 reveal the influence of great musicians on the evolution of Jazz, blues and rock, and reflect the history of various stylistic trends. The Claude Nobs Foundation, with a goal of preserving this compendium of 5000 hours of live recordings will give new life to these musical treasures. www.montreuxjazz.com

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Cirrascale® Takes On Big Data with Amplidata® AmpliStor Agreement

Cirrascale® Takes On Big Data with Amplidata® AmpliStor Agreement

Reseller agreement between Cirrascale Corporation and Amplidata enables company to create turnkey Big Unstructured Data solutions to better address customer challenges.

San Diego, Calif. – April 9, 2013 – Cirrascale Corporation®, a premier developer of build-to-order, independent blade-based computing and storage data center infrastructure for conventional and modular data centers, today announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with Amplidata® to integrate and resell its AmpliStor® software on the company’s newly announced scale-out, commodity-based CirraStorâ„¢ Petascale Storage Appliance. The partnership enables Cirrascale to a deliver turnkey, hyperscale object storage infrastructure that meets the highest reliability and availability requirements at the lowest possible cost while scaling past multi-petabyte capacities.

The Cirrascale CirraStor Petascale Appliance utilizes AmpliStor to deliver customizable levels of data durability. Amplidata’s unique BitSpread® erasure coding offers more reliability than traditional replication schemes, while consolidating multiple existing tiers of storage. Typically, customers deploy multiple tiers of varied storage types to help decrease costs and provide assurance for data durability. With AmpliStor, a single instance of data provides much higher durability thereby saving customers tremendously on both capital and operational costs. AmpliStor can even come close to the TCO of two copies on tape, while providing the convenience, management ease, and continuous accessibility of disks, along with scalable, multi-gigabyte throughput.

“Cirrascale is proud to partner with Amplidata to create a robust, scalable, turnkey petascale storage offering using AmpliStor,” said David Driggers, CEO, Cirrascale Corporation. “Our customers in Media and Entertainment, as well as other vertical markets, are already engaged with us on deploying massive active archive initiatives and Big Unstructured Data archives. This partnership allows us to better help these clients and others looking for scalable object storage for online applications.”

“The need to efficiently and reliably store and scale petabytes of media files is now required to address the growth of large data files in television and movie production,” said Mike Wall, Chairman and CEO of Amplidata. “Cirrascale’s commodity-based, open-architecture blade storage solution, in combination with AmpliStor’s patented BitSpread® and BitDynamics® technology, solves key durability and scalability problems by utilizing high-density, low-cost disk drives to enable a complete turnkey solution that is optimal for large active media archives.”

The newly expanded CirraStor storage platform integrated with Amplidata AmpliStor storage system software can handle up to 864 3.5 inch hard drives enabling over 3.4 petabytes of RAW storage capacity per rack, making Cirrascale the clear leader in blade-based storage infrastructure, density and capacity. The turnkey scalable storage solution is immediately available to order and will begin shipping in high volume late Q2 2013.

About Amplidata
Founded in 2008, Amplidata provides AmpliStor unbreakable cloud storage solutions for enterprises and service providers looking to manage the enormous growth of unstructured data. Its patented BitSpread and BitDynamics technologies provide the highest levels of durability, scalability and efficiency at fraction of the cost compared to traditional solutions. The AmpliStor solution is available as software only or an appliance model.

Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, the Amplidata team consists of storage experts behind the success of DataCenter Technologies, Dedigate and Q-layer. Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital, Quantum, Swisscom Ventures, Endeavour Vision and Hummingbird Ventures. Operational headquarters are in Lochristi, Belgium with US headquarters in Milpitas, CA with sales and support worldwide. www.amplidata.com

About Cirrascale Corporation
Cirrascale Corporation is a premier provider of blade-based cloud computing and storage infrastructure for conventional and modular data centers. Cirrascale leverages its patented Vertical Cooling Technology to provide the industry’s most energy-efficient standards-based platforms with the lowest possible total cost of ownership in the densest form factor. Cirrascale sells to large-scale infrastructure operators, hosting and managed services providers, Cloud Service Providers, and HPC users. Cirrascale also licenses its award winning technology to partners globally. To learn more about Cirrascale and its unique data center infrastructure solutions, please visit http://www.cirrascale.com or call (888) 942-3800.

Cirrascale, BladeRack, Vertical Cooling Technology, and the Cirrascale logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cirrascale Corporation. Amplidata, AmpliStor, BitSpread and BitDynamics are trademarks or registered trademarks of Amplidata. All other names or marks are property of their respective owners.

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Amplidata Delivers Top Throughput, Says Independent Test

Frankfurt, Germany — 30th October 2012 — Amplidata, an innovator in object storage technology, today unveiled the results of an independent performance test that shows that its scalable AmpliStor® system delivers industry-leading file throughput and maintains this performance even under severe loads. These results were measured on a standard AmpliStor system with power efficient Intel® XEON processors and SATA disk drives, and will be welcomed by IT administrators who are struggling to manage petabytes of unstructured data such as videos and images with traditional storage, and who are striving to meet demanding service level agreements.

According to the report by Howard Marks, analyst at DeepStorage.net, Amplidat a’s scale out storage platform AmpliStor delivered up to 3 GByte/s of read and write throughput in a single rack system – a real-world configuration that can be deployed by many customers at an affordable price point. The system delivered nearly linear scaling as resources are added and maintained performance throughout the test.

Such results clearly negate the traditional belief that object storage systems fail to provide high performance, the report continues. Although such a stance might have been warranted with first generation of object storage systems on the market, today’s object storage systems have evolved to address the storage of large volumes of objects (files), where throughput and large scale durability are most important, rather than small sub-file updates which have been the performance characteristic of traditional NAS and SAN systems.

Importantly, the AmpliStor test system was configured as it is delivered to customers: with standard 3TB SATA disk drives, in an affordable, real world big data configuration. While Amplidata supports optional SSD caching to significantly enhance the performance for repeatedly read content and in WAN environments, it has chosen to perform the tests without caching to demonstrate the marketed leading performance of its erasure coding BitSpread technology and its performance optimised BitDynamics disk pool that provides on-line verification, repair and maintenance with minimal overall system performance impact.

The report, available online, details that AmpliStor delivers:

  • Blazingly Fast Performance over 2.9GB/second. The test system include 24
    Amplidata AS36 storage nodes and three AmpliStor controllers, each configured with
    dual Intel® E5-2650 processors, 64GB RAM and dual 10Gb Ethernet network interfaces. During the test, even with one single controller, the system would routinely deliver performance of over 950MB/s (nearly 1 GB per second) across a wide range of object sizes when multiple streams of data were running in parallel. In addition, performance scaled near linearly until the network connecting the controllers to the storage nodes was saturated.
  • Rock-Solid Throughput as capacity grows. Performance was also tested when the platform was loaded with large volumes of data: this demonstrated results different from many other storage systems which become slower as they start to fill up in capacity, AmpliStor maintained its throughput even with over 85% of its capacity filled and with the team writing new data 95% as fast as when the system was first configured.
  • Performance Even Under Continued Load. Even when the system was 85% full and was repairing after shutting down over 20% of the storage, it retained over 90% of its performance. AmpliStor ultra high-durability comes from the product’s BitSpread patent-pending erasure coding technology that shrinks the occurrence of data loss to less than one in 15 nines or 99.9999999999999% data durability, the highest on the market today.

“We were quite impressed with Amplidata’s systems. The BitSpread advanced erasure coding technology allowed us to read data even in the event of four complete node failures, while performing better than other object storage systems that use object replication for data protection,” said Howard Marks, founder and chief scientist at DeepStorage.net. “We saw over 320MB/s single stream throughput when reading a single 1GB object which is more than twice what such a system could deliver reading the object from a single SATA drive. This is genuinely remarkable performance.”

“This new result certainly will be significant to any IT manager charged with managing growing volumes of data without a linearly growing budget,” said independent blogger Hans De Leenheer who is familiar with AmpliStor. “Every IT manager always is looking for increased performance. The main difference between Amplidata and other object storage providers is that Amplidata objects are not replicated but rather split into many small chunks with an advanced security algorithm on top and then spread across multiple disks and nodes. Besides a huge difference in overhead, the main advantage of Amplidata’s approach is the dramatic increase in throughput – as apparently was quite in evidence.”

“We are thrilled with these results because they support what we already knew: that object storage doesn’t have to come with a compromise on performance but that it can actually help organisations meet their business objectives,” said Tom Leyden, director of alliances and marketing at Amplidata. “Our AmpliStor platform can help organisations from early on as it can easily and quickly scale to meet growing needs. This enables them to focus on designing the most effective data strategy rather that spend time trying to cope with the ever-expanding amount of unstructured data.”

About Amplidata
Founded in 2008, Amplidata provides AmpliStor® optimised object storage solutions for Big Unstructured Data. Its patent-pending BitSpread® erasure coding technology provides the highest storage reliability and performance at the lowest possible cost – scaling beyond petabytes and requiring 50-70% less storage capacity to protect data compared to traditional solutions.

The Amplidata team consists of storage experts behind the success of DataCenter Technologies, Dedigate and Q-layer. Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital, Quantum, Swisscom Ventures, Endeavour Vision and Hummingbird Ventures. Operational headquarters are in Lochristi, Belgium with US headquarters in Redwood City and sales and support worldwide. www.amplidata.com.

Contact:
UK: Federica Monsone/Sarrah Morgan
A3 Communications
+44 (0) 1252 875 203
fred.monsone@a3communications.co.uk sarrah.morgan@a3communcations.co.uk
US: Mary Kae Marinac
978-685-3136 mkm@mkmarinac.com

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McCloud Takes It’s Customers to New Heights with Amplidata’s Scalable Object Storage Platform

Frankfurt, Germany, — 30th October 2012 — Amplidata, an innovator in object storage technology, announced today that leading Dutch service provider McCloud has launched a new cloud storage service to its end user customers based on  Amplidata’s  scale  out  st orag e  platform AmpliStor. The Offering provides a cost-effective solution for backup, archiving and file sharing at both SMB and enterprise organisations.

With a fast-growing customer base placing demands on its storage infrastructure, the McCloud IT team found it was spending more time on management tasks and data migration procedures, while straining to scale upward to meet increased demand. In particular, growth in unstructured data such as videos, images, documents and more, was pushing storage volumes into the petabyte range and threatening to undermine service levels. This called for a new and highly scalable, durable storage solution that was designed to handle this level of capacity.

Now, with the exceptional throughput delivered by the AmpliStor system, McCloud users can upload and manage data in real time. AmpliStor greatly reduces the storage overhead and dramatically increases power efficiency. In addition, by deploying the Amplistor Geo-Spread feature, McCloud was able to distribute user data over multiple data centers in order to avoid data unavailability should any one data center suffer from an outage.

With  AmpliStor’s  BitSpread,  the  company’s  patent-pending  erasure  coding  technology, McCloud’s files are stored with ultra high-durability, reducing the chance of data loss to less than one in 15-9s – that’s 99.9999999999999% data durability, the highest on the market. The product’s erasure coding approach and exceptional performance and throughput gave
AmpliStor the edge with McCloud.

“AmpliStor’s scalability is vital to us as a business and to our customers, and that’s what sold us on Amplidata,” said Ron Kooi, founder of McCloud. “The solution we’ve built is stress-free. AmpliStor allowed us to start out with a system that meets out needs today, and grow it as our service became more successful. Scaling AmpliStor is as simple as adding more nodes to the system, one by one. Data can now be restored even in the event of an entire data center being down.

“We’re highly impressed with the support we received from Amplidata,” Kooi continued. “Our staff spends very little time managing the solution. This allowed us to devote more time supporting our customers, which is our #1 priority.”

Tom Leyden, director of alliances and marketing at Amplidata, said “Very few companies are ready for the explosion of digital data that we are witnessing today. Storing petabytes of unstructured data with traditional storage is simple not a viable solution long-term. Such infrastructure requires too much overhead, consumes too much power and soon becomes a management nightmare. Amplidata helped the McCloud team avoid the Big Data deluge by building a sustainable, scalable storage infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of other systems. We allowed the company to focus on providing a great service for its users, and as a result they have seen a dramatic increase in customer satisfaction. That is critical for any business.”

About Amplidata
Founded in 2008, Amplidata provides AmpliStor® optimised object storage solutions for Big Unstructured Data. Its patent-pending BitSpread® erasure coding technology provides the highest storage reliability and performance at the lowest possible cost – scaling beyond petabytes and requiring 50-70% less storage capacity to protect data compared to traditional solutions.

The Amplidata team consists of storage experts behind the success of DataCenter Technologies, Dedigate and Q-layer. Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital, Quantum, Swisscom Ventures, Endeavour Vision and Hummingbird Ventures. Operational headquarters are in Lochristi, Belgium with US headquarters in Redwood City and sales and support worldwide. www.amplidata.com.

Contact
Federica Monsone/Sarrah Morgan
A3 Communications
+44 (0) 1252 875 203
fred.monsone@a3communications.co.uk, sarrah.morgan@a3communcations.co.uk

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Amplidata’s AS36 Breaks Industry Records on Storage Density, Power Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness

New AmpliStor Hardware Featuring Release 3.0 Software delivers 1.4 Petabytes/Rack, Superior Cost-Effectiveness, Durability, Low-Power Use For Big Data and Online Storage Applications

REDWOOD CITY, CA and LOCHRISTI, Belgium — 15th OCTOBER 2012 —Amplidata, an innovator in object storage technology, announces its AS36 storage module featuring 12 high-density disks in a 1U rack-mount node. The new system allows CIOs to reduce storage purchase outlays, and reduce floor space and energy requirements by deploying the industry’s densest object storage solution today: 1.4 Petabytes (PB) of storage and 40 power-efficient CPU’s in a single data center rack. Lower physical footprint and power usage allow IT managers to meet Big Data-sized demands for storage at unrivalled cost-effectiveness.

Debuting today at the SNW Fall 2012 conference in Santa Clara, the platform leverages the super-fast Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1220LV2 to deliver the performance of 40 Xeon processor E3 -1220LV2 CPU’s in a rack for Big Data-sized efficiency in key IT activities such as background monitoring, integrity verification, policy updates, and data repair. The Intel Xeon processor E3-1220LV2 delivers superior power efficiency, and expands the number of available disk drives from ten in the previous model, to 12, for a total capacity of 36 Terabytes (TB). These technology enhancements will also be incorporated in new Quantum wide area storage solutions for big data management and archive.

The new AS36 also introduces release 3.0 of the AmpliStor software, which provides key new features that make it even simpler for IT managers to handle extremely large data objects, with support for individual object sizes up to 16 TB, as are increasingly found in Big Data applications in the oil and gas, media & entertainment, and biotech industries. By using AmpliStor with BitSpread, the company’s patent-pending erasure coding technology, these huge files are stored with ultra high-durability, reducing the chance of data loss to less than one in 15-9s – that’s 99.9999999999999% data durability, the highest on the market.

“The cloud is putting inexorable pressure on corporate IT to improve efficiency and effectiveness – and at scale, even seemingly small improvements deliver a big impact,” said Robin Harris, analyst at StorageMojo. “I’ve watched erasure coding technologies such as Amplidata’s advance over the years and believe it holds tremendous potential to rewrite data enter economics in a major way.”

Through the benefits of using Intel processors and advanced software techniques that further capitalize on Amplidata’s patent-pending erasure coding technology, the AS36 system provides numerous performance-, time- and cost-savings:

  • Each AS36 storage module delivers an additional 40% faster throughput compared to previous Amplidata modules, by taking advantage of the new Intel Xeon E3-1220LV2 CPUs that can sustain full-line rate throughput to each node. More throughput means greater performance with lower storage requirements and reduced power costs.
  •  The enhancements in release 3.0 further add helpful time-saving features such as improved parallel data repair, on-line durability-policy changes,
    on-line support for occasional swapping of defect disks, automated on-line
    data migration at storage node refresh and support for mixing storage node capacities in addition to on-line self-healing.
  • With release 3.0 Amplidata significantly improves upon the efficiency of BitSpread with a further 10% reduction in storage overheads. In contrast, storing these huge files in traditional systems isn’t viable, and using mirrored approaches would impact customers with tremendous storage overhead and high costs.

“Data is the new oil, but CIOs don’t have a bottomless pile of cash to throw at storage. They need their storage to be more efficient, and our solutions do exactly that,” said Mike Wall, CEO of Amplidata. “Amplidata’s AS36 solution is inexpensive, it lets CIOs store far more than legacy systems, and it delivers the highest data durability and highest I/O throughput in the business – enough to enable the most demanding applications. We’ve submitted the system for independent performance testing and will be announcing those results in the coming weeks. This is only the start of the impressive performance and throughput upticks you’ll be hearing about from us in the coming months.”

About Amplidata
Founded in 2008, Amplidata provides AmpliStor® optimized object storage solutions for Big Unstructured Data. Its patent-pending BitSpread® erasure coding technology provides the highest storage reliability and performance at the lowest possible cost – scaling beyond petabytes and requiring 50-70% less storage capacity to protect data compared to traditional solutions.

The Amplidata team consists of storage experts behind the success of DataCenter Technologies, Dedigate and Q-layer. Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital, Quantum, Swisscom Ventures, Endeavour Vision and Hummingbird Ventures. Operational headquarters are in Lochristi, Belgium with US headquarters in Redwood City and sales and support worldwide. www.amplidata.com.

Contacts
Tom Leyden
+32 473 92 22 11 tom.leyden@amplidata.com

Federica Monsone
Amplidata European PR Representative
A3 Communications
+44 (0) 1252 875 203 fred.monsone@a3communications.co.uk

Mary Kae Marinac
Amplidata US PR Representative
978-685-3136 mkm@mkmarinac.com

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AmpliStor is a registered trademark of Amplidata. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.